“Keeping Charlotte County Clean, Green, and Beautiful”–Rhonda Harvey, Executive Director
Keep Charlotte Beautiful Overview:
“Since 2001, Keep Charlotte Beautiful has provided Charlotte County residents and visitors with opportunities to give back to their community. We focus on our mission of improving the quality of life in Charlotte County by engaging volunteers to keep our community clean and free debris, conserving resources and beautifying our public spaces. Keep Charlotte Beautiful provides service opportunities for adult to students in our community. We use the three “E’s” of community engagement: Education, Environment and Events. Combining our programs creates a cohesive community effort for change. We believe that by engaging volunteers, we instill pride and ownership to ensure effective, long-term results that protect and conserve our natural resources.”
(my poor attempts to crop her full 2018 artwork;))
The past three years my daughter’s “Charlotte” environmental artwork has been awarded…
for “Keep Charlotte Beautiful”…(young-er and old-er Ones among us certainly can live/“art”-i-culate:) our values…by conscious choice/(resolve) through our compassionate efforts at art or writing or volunteering or living or loving…all fragile-life and our beautiful planet Earth!!:)
THANK YOU READER:) for Your Daily Efforts in Your local Community to Live Life Like a Friend of Planet Earth and All Life hereupon!:)
The All Time Greatest Artist’s…(God’s) works which are beyond awards and deserve AWE & Praise!:)…e.g., beaches, trees, etc…and i LOVE the amazing sunsets here in FL:) like this particular dusk sky of golden yellows and baby blues.
(of course, photo–May 18th, 2018–does sky no justice;)…
Questions for reflections:
Am i living real justice by NOT ruining the Earth? nor my life nor Others’ lives?
In what further ways can i keep my home, neighborhood, community, planet Earth beautiful & healthy?
(The) perils a plenty of an Extraverted-Friendly-Nature-Chick like me…the hopeful-optimistic kind of fragile-life who enJOYs walking barefoot through blowing wind, grass, mud, dirt, sand, rain, snow…(and figuratively, too…IF needed to get the compassion job done.)
Some messy jobs can be extremely intellectually/physically/spiritually satisfying, You know. 🙂
Just curious…IF?? if…
You’re growing into a strangler/killer (mind) weed “at the ready to repay with evil”…that i should of pulled/chopped at the roots years ago…or (IF?? if) You’re blossoming into an Amazing-Compassion-Perennial-Beautiful-Wild Flower!:)…a Blessing!:)
(i’ll think the latter for now…till sufficiently proven otherwise.)
ummm, think hard joanie: what’s hanging over my head? …LIFE!…etc. idk ;)…(clouds, spiders, webs, clowns, conversations?-lol;)…laundry.
what’s under my feet?…
Caution joanie…bugs bite; gators snap; cats scratch…(even when You Care/Love them lots!).
God knows what He’s doing…!!! (continuing to try my best and let God of Compassion do the rest.)
btw: i’d rather suffer…for the compassionate/right/conscience-easing thing/choice…than suffer because of sheer stupidity/ignorance/complacency…or for the wrong thing.
Epipens can save lives! Some of us carry them around in case of possible pernicious bug bites/bee stings, eh? (or in case of nuts?;)… You can infer a double entendre If You prefer.) There are a lot of “wacky” ideas circulating as Truth out there.
“Epignosis”…epi-“pen” and aka writings regarding “accurate” “precise” knowledge. Unfortunately, not all learning put to pen is ep-ic! (could be septic?;)) Being a low-level skeptic could be useful/helpful…depends.
according to Greek scholar W. E. Vine, means “primarily a seeking to know, an enquiry, investigation. E·piʹgno·sis, according to Greek scholar Thayer, means “precise and correct knowledge.” And in the verb form, it means “to become thoroughly acquainted with, to know thoroughly; to know accurately, know well.” W. E. Vine states that e·piʹgno·sis “denotes exact or full knowledge, discernment, recognition.” He adds that it expresses “a fuller or a full knowledge, a greater participation by the knower in the object known, thus more powerfully influencing him.” [excerpted: “Why we need Accurate Knowledge w 89] (my purple highlights:))
My perspective: optimistic-realistic… yet Confiscation threat alert/aware/beware…i am NOT going to let my mind/my body/my health/my spiritual wealth/my now and my then be confiscated! Nowadays, all of us need to be readers-writers-researchers…investigators of Truth. We need to do our own intellectual/spiritual mind work everyday. Someone is always selling something. And I am Not quick to buy… impulsively. And no! i am not cheap;) A cautious consumer…excerpted readings…
17th Century so-called Age of Enlightenment: “with all its outpourings of genius in art and science,” says Kenneth Clark, “there were still senseless persecutions and brutal wars waged with unparalleled cruelty.” Civilisation–A Personal View
“Bernard de Fontenelle, felt that human reason on its own would lead mankind to: “a century which will become more enlightened day by day, so that all previous centuries will be lost in darkness by comparison.”—Encyclopædia Britannica.
What about the 20th Century? 21st? What about Art? What about Art imitating life? What about: the so-called number crunchers who may try to convince via biased? manipulated? statistical data…say that violence has decreased (and what about violent crimes, rapes, murders that go un or under reported?)?…however, MUCH of what is depicted as “normal” meaning “usual” “commonplace” behavior in movies…entertainment…media violence…is SHOCKING and not shocking because of desensitization/common prevalence on and off screen!!
Just Curious: who’s crunching/analyzing the numbers of: How many block-busters?! mega-millions made (and through the years) off of violence portrayed as “art” in movies and on TV and elsewhere?! As well as mega-stars made?!…(attribution violence).
Violence as art is big-business; don’t “unsuspectingly”sleep on like the rest! These nightmares are making millions and costing millions and more. IF violence has indeed decreased as claimed by some…why is that not being heralded/reflected/proclaimed profusely in our art?! our movies?! our books?! Where has all the pain-free, flower art gone?!
Notice…the missing “S”…in above-song title…flower to flowers…point…a landscape change…”a” flower to (many) flowers…leaving out 1 simple letter or 1 number…makes a difference, eh?! Makes an impression…just like artists create works of “Impressionism”…
Can numbers be an art medium for Statisticians and Actuaries just like words for Poets and Novelists?! Sure!
In addition to creating a visual object, an artist also aims to infuse it with a degree of intellectual content, in the form of symbolism, a moral or social message, or some other meaningful content. Thus, the famous American critic Clement Greenberg (1909-94) once stated that all great art should aim to create tension between visual appeal and interpretive possibility. The history of art is full of examples of interpretive content. [excerpted: www.visual-arts-cork.com/fine-art-painting]
What about “Environmental Perspective”…
“Some artists use high and low placement to create the illusion of depth.” [excerpted SRA Art Connections, Florida Edition, Level 4, Unit 5, Lesson 2, p. 140, Rosalind Ragans, Ph.D., Senior Author]
High and low numbers…create!…context of which can send a message moral or otherwise. People make money from playing the numbers, huh? (No, I am not a gambler.)
Okay, yes, artists find inspiration in Happy/Good events/places, too!:) An artist’s eyes–personal views/lenses…from which to draw (pun intended):)…a fundamental consideration.
For consideration: how many newspapers sold/news programs watched??…best-selling books published delivering the gruesome details of “real” life heinous acts and crimes against humanity/compassion/God?!…it is probably impossible to precisely “count” all the precious life lost in every family, neighborhood, community, country; never mind those who are adversely affected in one way or another by violence everyday! Again, under/unreported violent crime as well as corruption and power mongering make data hard to decipher!:(…(and perhaps, easy to manipulate)…and difficult to completely trust in my POV.
(I am not saying don’t trust numbers…caution, discernment, thinking ability, math skill needed.) I like good news just check the source. (Do Your own math/check the figures.)
Art is a strong portal/indicator of culture/society/customs/norms/human experience, etc…as shown through the centuries. What does the art of current century contain?! Have we learned any lessons from all the violence??
“In spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven’t changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history.”—Kenneth Clark, Civilisation—A PersonalView.
PRO VERBS…teach:) obviously…
In Ghana, proverbial sayings often acknowledge the existence of God, and this is reflected in many Akan proverbs. Atheistic ideas have no place in Akan philosophy. For example, oneproverb states: “Noone showsGodtoachild.” God’s existence is all too obvious even toa child. This proverb is often used in reference to something achild will automatically learn with little instruction.
Another Akan proverb states: “If you run away from God, you are still under him.” Thus, it is an exercise in self-delusion for anyone to attempt to ignore God. Long ago, the Bible made a similar point, saying that God’s eyes “are in every place, keeping watch upon the bad ones and the good ones.” (Proverbs 15:3) We are all accountable to the Almighty.
Sometimes it is necessary to understand a culture to get the sense of its proverbs. For example, among the Akan it is considered bad manners to gesture with the left hand before others, especially older ones. This rule of etiquette is alluded to in the proverb, “You don’t use the left hand to point the way to your hometown.” In other words, one should appreciate what he has, including his origins. [excerpted Akan Proverbs–A Mirror on Social Norms, Awake! 2003]
Yes, humans can learn to practice peace. We can choose compassion over violence. Good News of Our Capacities for Good!:) However, to say we can achieve real, sustainable progress…without fully appreciating our origins…or acknowledging God or the need for Divine Intervention/Divine Wisdom is delusional. Man cannot solve the problems all on his own!…
To me, it’s like a very young, (unappreciative) kid finger painting on canvas…making some art, but who fails/refuses to appreciatively acknowledge that Daddy provided the canvas and paint with which to work and oh, and fingers too!